With a New Year come new resolutions. As I said at the end of last year, one of my resolutions for 2016 is to find innovative ways to introduce families to Scouting.
Fittingly, one Central Florida family made a resolution to seek new adventures in the New Year, which they discovered with the help of the BSA. Their story highlights how we are engaging younger youth and sharing the Scouting experience.
Christie — who writes the Raising Whasians blog — along with her husband and her son started their adventure at Camp La-No-Che at the Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family Scout Reservation in early January. These camping facilities provide a safe and fun way for Scouts and their families to enjoy the very best our programs have to offer in the setting in which Scouting began — the great outdoors.
In a day of hiking, swimming, climbing and crafting, Christie’s family discovered new activities, new people and new places. More so, she watched her son discover focus, exploration, creativity, friendship, growth and memories in just eight short hours with the Boy Scouts.
“Not just the best day, but the BEST day of his life … That day my son discovered not only a bunch of new activities, new people and new places, but a new part of himself. His confidence shining through, I have never seen him hold his head up so high. He’s the adventurer, the explorer, the Boy Scout that I didn’t know was there.”
Christie’s experience highlights the individual growth opportunities for Scouts, but also the value to families as a whole. These are exactly the experiences we hope to share with potential Scouts as we innovate to make Scouting more inviting to our youngest Scouts and their parents.
To see Christie’s story about how new adventures can change lives and how the Boy Scouts made her son scream “This was the BEST day of my whole life!”, be sure to read her full post.
Christie’s post was sponsored by Boy Scouts of America, but all details and opinions are her own.